IDW’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Sketchcards by Cryptozoic
I am super excited to reveal my contributions to IDW’s ‘Ghostbusters‘ Sketchcards by Cryptozoic. I have been waiting for over a year to be able to show you these cards! Sadly, due to rights negotiations within the company, this set had to be delayed a number of times (probably due to the new film coming out this year), but it was part of the huge 30th anniversary celebration of the original films. Considering I am myself turning thirty this year, it actually seems pretty appropriate.
You may not realize this, but I am ever so slightly… okay, over-the-top-obsessed with Ghostbusters. I have been since I was about three. If you don’t believe me, here is an adorable video of me in 1989 opening a Christmas present… (most people would think that sharing a video of me as a child would be embarrassing, but no – I am a Ghostbuster for life!)
I have even been fortunate enough to meet the amazing Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd in person over the years. I met Ernie at a convention and he was just the loveliest person. He always seems so happy to talk to fans. I met Dan Aykroyd when I was a student in The Kubert School and myself and Anthony Marques skipped class to go queue outside a Bottle King to buy his (then) brand new vodka ‘Crystal Head’.
As Ray was always my favourite Ghostbuster (he was the expert in the occult after all), this was probably one of the best moments of my life! (As you can probably see from the goofy smile in the photo above!) I actually made my own proton pack (only papier mache – I will make one with lights and all the trimmings one day!) for my 18th birthday which I wore with my own handmade suit. My best friend and I went as Egon and Ray and needless to say, we were awesome. I wore that same jumpsuit years later to go to the 30th anniversary screening of the first film in Cineworld…
So, I think it’s pretty safe to say that when I got asked to be involved on this sketchcard set, I was a bit excited!
Sadly I could only contribute a small amount of cards, but I loved working on each and every one of them. I only hope there is another set in the works in the future considering that Cryptozoic are soon to be bringing out the Ghostbusters II Board Game.